It’s 2019, and we just had Woodstock (Yes, I said Woodstock) drop a massive lineup. The look on my mom’s face was absolutely priceless when I told her that the first thing I was going to do as a full-fledged adult after my college graduation wasn’t to go find a career or a house, but to go to Woodstock.
As Jonathan Van Ness would say… “Can you believe?!”
The best comeback to happen in the festival world
Woodstock is making a comeback this August to celebrate its 50th year anniversary. Taking place on the 16th, 17th, and 18th in Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 is bringing together music lovers old and young from all around the world to once again celebrate peace, love, and music.
A very expensive lineup
After much speculation on who will be performing, we finally received the lineup earlier today. Not only does this year’s Woodstock lineup hold a ton of headlining names such as The Killers, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Jay-Z, Sturgill Simpson, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus, and Cage the Elephant, it also features some artists that are very near and dear to the Woodstock name. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead (now performing alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti as Dead & Company), Santana, John Fogerty, David Crosby, Joe McDonald, Melanie, and John Sebastian, who all took the stage at Woodstock ’69, will also make an appearance at this year’s Woodstock 50.
The competition (or what was)
A lot of controversy came about the first announcement of Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival. Which was supposedly going to be put on by Live Nation and was advertised as the same dates and location of the original Woodstock. This got a lot of attention until Michael Lang announced that he, too, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Except his event was going to be much bigger. In an official statement from the co-founder of the original 1969 festival, Lang stated,
“While the original site in Bethel Woods is close to our hearts, it simply doesn’t have the capacity to host our official Woodstock 50 celebration. We’ll soon be announcing a new location that can handle all the peace, love, and music we’ve got planned. Stay tuned.”
This definitely took a hit to the Bethel Woods event. So much so, that one of the festival’s producers left; and, it seems as if now, although there will be some events happening during those dates, a festival in no longer in the works.
Tickets will supposedly go on sale on April 22nd. What better way to spend Earth Day than to give up some green to the Bird of Peace? Sign up here to join the e-mail list so that you don’t miss any Woodstock updates. You definitely won’t want to sleep on getting tickets for this one.